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Smart Talk: Borders & Human Rights

Borders & Human Rights: Can They Be Reconciled?

According to Hannah Arendt, the ultimate test of human rights is whether a human being loses her rights when she crosses a border and leaves her home state.

Controversies over the rights of refugees and migrants have come to dominate political discourse in elections around the world. What should a just society do to protect its own citizens and residents but also help the stranger in need? Can we imagine open borders? If we can’t, what criteria should we use to decide who gets in and who doesn’t?

In the second in a series of Smart Talks presented in collaboration with the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, University of Chicago Law Professors Tom Ginsburg and Claudia Flores discuss this highly emotional topic.

Tom Ginsburg (Leo Spitz Professor of International Law and Professor of Political Science, UChicago Law School)
Claudia Flores (Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, UChicago Law School)
Oscar Chacón (Co‐Founder and Executive Director, Alianza Americas)

Moderated by Angela S. García (Assistant Professor, UChicago School of Social Service Administration)

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9pm discussion and dialogue
10pm–midnight reception and after-hours access to the Smart's exhibitions


​Presented by the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights in collaboration with the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum of Art, the Smart Talk: What About Human Rights? series brings together experts exploring some of the knottiest human rights issues of our time. Each of these quarterly discussions is moderated by Pozen Center faculty and followed by a reception, where attendees can explore the Smart Museum galleries after hours.